Changes to Groups & Communities in Pacifica

Changes to Groups & Communities in Pacifica

One of the most unique parts of Pacifica is the peer-support network in the Community. Users like you help each other to know that you’re not alone, and that things can get better. We love that so many people find value in the Community and use it regularly, and we want the Community and Groups to be the best that they can be. This means that all spaces are safe, positive, and helpful. To meet that goal, we’ve decided to make a few changes to help improve the Community.

  1. Improved Group Search: One of the biggest things we’ve heard from users is that they’re having trouble finding active chat groups to join. We want people to be able to get the support and feedback they’re looking for in groups, so we’ve adjusted the way search results show up for groups. Now, when you browse or search for a group, we’ll show you the most active groups so that you’ll be able to connect with other users more easily.
  2. Removing Inactive Groups: In order to help the more active groups reach more people, we’ll be removing older groups that haven’t had any recent activity. We’re removing any group that hasn’t had any activity in the last 6 months, and removing any group that only has one member that hasn’t had any activity in the last 3 months. This way, it will be easier to find the right group and be able to connect with other users.
  3. No New Groups: This was a tough decision for us to make, as we know that some of you have enjoyed being able to create your own groups for specific topics. However, in order to help people find active groups and to help those active groups not get lost in the clutter, we’ve decided to remove the ability to create new private or public groups. We hope that by making active groups easier to find, users won’t need to create their own groups. Existing private and public groups won’t be removed, unless they fall under one of the inactivity criteria (see number 2).

    Additionally, a small number of people have been using Groups to promote topics and content that violate the Community rules. As we said earlier, we’re committed to making the Community a safe and positive place for all users. By eliminating new groups, it will be easier for us to keep tabs on the Community and it will be less likely that inappropriate content will slip under the radar.
  4. Retiring “Share Your Group Code” Community: Since users will no longer be able to create their own groups, we’re removing the “Share Your Group Code” discussion topic in the Community. You’ll still be able to use group codes to share and join groups in other Community topics or in other groups if you’d like.

Change can be difficult at first, but we believe these changes will be for the better of the Community as a whole. You, our users, are a big part of what makes Pacifica great and we want to continue to keep it as great of a place as possible. Thanks for being you.